Praise for the Top 50 Questions Kids Ask
"Dr. Susan is highly gifted at helping parents and kids connect from the heart. This book honors our innate wisdom, supports us in nurturing our kids' emotional growth and empowers us to be the parents we were meant to be."
-Renee Peterson Trudeau, life balance expert/coach and author of "The Mother's Guide to Self-Renewal: How to Reclaim, Rejuvenate and Re-Balance Your Life"
"The Top 50 Questions Kids Ask is an insightful guide on the issues and concerns every parent and child faces. It's a must- read guide that both moms and dads should keep at their bedside."
-Allison O'Connor, Founder and Editor, SingleMindedWomen.com
"Finally, a book that answers all those questions we parents go in a cold sweat about! Dr. Susan tackles the tough ones such as money, shyness, siblings and religion. Plus, we get the psychology behind it all to better understand our kids. You'll find yourself using this book every day."
-Pam Atherton, journalist and host of "A Closer Look" radio talk show
"Dr. Susan Bartell is the go-to person for all questions kids ask. No one is better qualified or more in touch with this age group to lend her expertise to a book that aids parents in improving communication with their ever-curious children."
-Renee Raab Whitcombe, author of "Look Who's Going to be a Big Sister" and "Look Who's Going to be a Big Brother"
Are we rich? Why do I have to go to school? Where do babies come from?
If you're the parent of a four- to eight-year-old, there's no doubt you've heard them already-and there are countless more to come. Questions! They come in all types: curious, nagging, touching, annoying, and downright weird. What they all have in common is that parents are often at a total loss for how to answer them.
Inside you'll find the concrete responses that will make sense to kids, stop the nagging, reduce your frustration, and begin healthy new conversations that will enrich your child's view of the world.
You'll learn to talk confidently with your child about the toughest of topics, with advice and support from expert family psychologist Dr. Susan Bartell. Responding to your child's questions can be a remarkable parenting opportunity-if you just know the right words to say.
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About the Author
Read an Excerpt
Moms and dads can't wait for their kids to start talking-it's one of the greatest thrills of our parenting lives. But I'm sure you'll agree that when the never-ending questions start coming, we sometimes wish our precious children had never learned the meaning of the words "why" and "what"-not to mention all the other words in between that seem to end in a question mark, strung together to form a question that doesn't even make sense all the time.
But guess what? While I absolutely acknowledge that the questions of preschool- and early-elementary-age children can be tedious, annoying, and relentless, during this stage of development your child's questions begin taking on a deeper value that can help you to understand his or her dreams, wishes, fears, and hopes-if only you can find the key to unlock their meaning.
By paying close attention to your child's questions, you can often learn how to scratch below the surface. Then, once you really have a great understanding of your child's questions, you can learn to respond to them in a way that will encourage your child to share even more with you, rather than end the conversation. In this way you are planting the seeds for a lifetime of excellent communication between you and your child.
Parents often tell me that they are frustrated because they don't know how to communicate fully with their children; they wish their kids would talk to them more. By learning how to respond to your child's questions differently, you will open up these lines of communication beginning now, while your child is still very young. You will then be able to build on this growing bond as your child gets older. By the time your child is a teenager, you will have nurtured a wonderful, close relationship-it doesn't get any better than that!
Table of Contents
Chapter One: Nag, Nag, Nag 1
Chapter Two: Getting Out in the World 25
Chapter Three: Setting Limits and Boundaries 57
Chapter Four: "I'm Scared" 81
Chapter Five: Little Kids Can Be Spiritual 107
Chapter Six: Step-by-Step Separation 131
Chapter Seven: Does Money Grow on Trees? 155
Chapter Eight: Growing Up 171
Chapter Nine: Just between You and Me 199
Chapter Ten: One Last Question 217
About the Author 219